Learning from the Teachers Video 1: Four students ask Zasep Rinpoche meditation questions — resting the mind in a natural way in Mahamudra; foundation practices; being your own Guru, and meditative “realizations.”
Four Questions the Buddha Would NOT Answer and Why: Is the Cosmos Finite in Space?; Is the Universe Finite in Time?; Is the Self Different From Body?; Does the Buddha Exist After Death?
Advice from the Teachers Video 10: Struggling with Visualizing Your Heart Bond Yidam. How to Choose One, How to Improve Clarity and Concentration.
BW Interview with Geshe Thubten Sherab: Skillfully Teaching Traditional Tibetan Buddhism for Western Students
Video Buddhist Advice 9: How Can Advanced Vajrayana Students Simplify and Manage Commitments and Practice? Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Thich Nhat Hanh’s Translation: The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings “Torches That Help Light My Path”
Movie: Walk With Me — Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village on the Big Screen: “Mindfulness is to always arrive in the here and now.”
Inspired by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Galgamani Art Project Aims Personalize the Tibetan Prayer Wheel: Interview with Micha Strauss
Prayer Wheels Growing in Popularity; Benefiting Sentient Beings and Practicing Right Livelihood: Interview with Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop
Wheel of Dharma: Why Prayer Wheels May be the Ideal Buddhist Practice for Busy People; Benefits to Self and Sentient Beings: What the Teachers Say
This is the Great Happiness: Mangala Sutta, The Sutra on Happiness, the Tathagata’s Teaching
Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity
Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
How a Home Retreat Helps Busy People Manage Time and Save Money; How to Do It, and Why it is Necessary
Buddhist Teacher Advice Video 7: Keeping Motivated in Your Daily Practice, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
8 Rights: The Noble Eightfold Path — the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
BW Interview: Theodore Tsaousidis, a Teacher Who Focuses on Healing Practices in Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Meditation and Shamanism
EVENT: Lamrim The Stages on the Path to Enlightenment Lecture Series on Thursdays at Gaden Choling Toronto
Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveal Brain Health Benefits
Teacher Advice Video 6: What Advice Would You Give to a Student New to Buddhism as Starting Practices? — — Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
Female Enlightened Manifestations and Female Teachers and Lamas — Wisdom in Action; Reader Poll and Interview with Lama Shannon Young
EVENT: Geshe Thubten Sherab Weekend Teachings March 24-28, 2017 in Greater Toronto Area: Lama Tsongkhapa Meditation Practice and Lamrim
The Science of Mantras: Mantras Work With or Without Faith; Research Supports the Effectiveness of Sanskrit Mantra for Healing — and Even Environmental Transformation
Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action; Stories of Tara the Rescuer
Happy Losar: How to Bring in the Auspiciousness of the Fire Bird and Celebrate the Traditions and Fun of Tibetan New Year of the Rooster. Tashi Delek!
BW Interview: Emma Slade Gave Up a Career in Finance to Become A Buddhist Nun After a Traumatic Incident; She Went On to Author Set Free and to Spearhead Fundraising for Special Needs Children in Bhutan
Happy Dakini Day! An Introduction to the Wisdom of the Female Enlightened Dakinis in Buddhism.
Illness and Cancer Advice: Video, Buddhist Teachers Answer  — — Advice for students with aggressive illnesses such as cancer, supportive practices Medicine Buddha and Black Manjushri (with full Medicine Buddha Sutra)
A Great Teacher Has Passed: The Learned and Inspiring Gelek Rimpoche of Jewel Heart International Passed Away
Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering
Scientific Buddhist: Peer Reviewed Studies Demonstrate Buddhist Metta Loving Kindness Meditation Can Slow Aging, Increase Brain Matter, and Decrease PTSD and Schizophrenia —Ten Benefits of Compassion
Video: Students Ask the Buddhist Teacher: What advice would you give for a student who is dealing with the loss of a pet? Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche
“Get Away From Her!”: Like Ripley in the movie Aliens, Palden Lhamo, the Terrifying Enlightened Emanation of Tara, Drives Off Your Inner and Outer Demons and Obstacles
Using Mindfulness to Combat Memory Loss, Early Alzheimers or Dementia: Helpful Video Advice from Buddhist Teacher Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, with the full Satipatthana Sutra
Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party
Vajrayana Visualization can Generate Body Heat, Heal, and Manifest Deity Qualities Helping Overcome Ego
H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Teaching in Toronto Area: Three Principle Paths of Lam Rim, Lama Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga Path of Clear Light and Bliss, Vajrayogini 11 Yogas; and Initiations in Sarasvati, Medicine Buddha, Chod, Vajrayogini, Black Manjushri, and Palden Lhamo

H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Teaching in Toronto Area: Three Principle Paths of Lam Rim, Lama Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga Path of Clear Light and Bliss, Vajrayogini 11 Yogas; and Initiations in Sarasvati, Medicine Buddha, Chod, Vajrayogini, Black Manjushri, and Palden Lhamo

His Eminence Zasep Tulku Rinpoche will tour through Toronto for an autumn/winter schedule of teachings at Gaden Choling in Toronto, including the “Three Principle Paths of Lam Rim”, and “Lama Tsongkhapas Guru Yoga Path of Clear Light and Bliss”. In November and December, for those seeking an even more committed practice, Zasep Rinpoche will offer initiations in Sarasvati, Medicine Buddha, Chod, Vajrayogini, Black Manjushri and Palden Lamo. (Full event poster and end of this feature.)

Rinpoche is popularly known for his approachable teaching style, strong humor and teachings based on a long lineage of great lamas. His own gurus included the most celebrated of Gelug teachers: His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Thupten Wanggyel, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Venerable Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Khalkha Jetsun Dampa Rinpoche. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centers and retreat centers in Australia, the United States and Canada. He was first invited to teach in Australia by Lama Thubten Yeshe in 1976.

Autobiography Book Launch Event

buddha-weekly-a-tulku-journey-from-tibet-to-canada-zasep-tulku-rinpoche-buddhismOn Saturday November 12, 2016, Zasep Rinpoche will be at the Wychwood Library, 2pm-4pm at 1431 Bathurst St., Toronto, to launch his autobiography A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada. In a Buddha Weekly advance book review was described as “equal parts autobiography, spiritual epic journey, gripping adventure narrative, inspiring Buddhist life example, and a travelogue spanning nine countries.” Full review>>

 

 

Sarasvati initiation: “inspiration wisdom flows from her like a sweetly flowing river”

Note: This initiation has a commitment and includes Refuge and Bodhisattva Vows

November 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A rare opportunity to receive the blessings and initiation in Sarasvati, known as an inspirational wisdom Yidam. Artists, writers, and thinkers turn to Sarasvati practice for inspiration. As a heart deity (Yidam) she personifies high wisdom, high art and scholarly perfection. She is particularly loved by artists, performing artists and Dharma scholars, and is often depicted as a beautiful female Buddha on the back of a swan or peacock with four arms, with which she plays the lute. She is also the Goddess of Eloquence, as words “flow from her like a sweetly flowing river.”

 

Beautiful Sarasvati, the enlightened deity representing inspirational wisdom, a much loved Buddhist deity for writers, creatives, poets, performing artists and artists.
Beautiful Sarasvati, the enlightened deity representing inspirational wisdom, a much loved Buddhist deity for writers, creatives, poets, performing artists and artists.

 

Event Description from Gaden Choling: “Sarasvati is a Buddha of Wisdom. Doing her practice helps us memorize Dharma texts, gain deep wisdom in understanding the meaning of Dharma, and engage in creative Dharma pursuits such as literature, visual arts, music and dance.”

His Eminence Zasep Tulku Rinpoche giving teachings on Medicine Guru to a large audience.
His Eminence Zasep Tulku Rinpoche giving teachings on Medicine Guru. Photo Credit: (including feature image) Shivankur Sharma, Skycave. 

Medicine Buddha Initiation: “simply calling his name is a blessing”

Note: Please go early — this event is usually popular.

November 13 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Millions of Buddhists turn to Medicine Buddha practice in times of pain, sickness, stress, or just for peace and comfort. This is a Sutra practice, open to all. Medicine Buddha’s kindness extends to all beings. Simply calling his name or mantra brings his blessing. Baishajyaguru is famous for His “Twelve Vows”, which includes: “I vow to relieve all pain and poverty of the sick and poor. The sick be cured, the helpless be helped, the poor be assisted.” Full story on Medicine Guru here>>

From the Gaden Choling event description: “The Medicine Buddha Sutra was taught by Lord Buddha upon the request of Bodhisattva Manjushri for healing the body/mind and cultivating harmony and peace in the world.”

NOTE CHANGE from Gaden Choling: “MEDICINE BUDDHA Initiation on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13 at 3pm. Due to the confusion the registration page has cause, we will not be registering attendees but instead the event will be on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Please arrive early as the event is in high demand. Many apologies for the inconvenience. Please share so folks are aware.”

Lama Tsongkhapa is a fully Enlightened Buddha, the founder of the Gelug School of Buddhism.
Lama Tsongkhapa is a fully Enlightened Buddha, the founder of the Gelug School of Buddhism.

Lama Je Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga Path of Clear Light and Bliss

November 14, 16, 28 and 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a very special Guru Yoga, where we visualize our spiritual guide as Lama Tsongkhapa, a fully Enlightened Buddha. It is a major practice in Gelugpa tradition, and a powerful method for helping us connect with both the wisdom of our Guru (teacher) and the Enlightened qualities of the Yidam (heart deity). To learn more about Lama Tsongkhapa, please see our BW feature>> 

From the Gaden Choling event description: “In this series of teachings over four evenings, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche will give a commentary on Lama Chopa Guru Yoga written by the revered master, the First Panchen Lama Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen. Guru Yoga is a practice that helps our mind understand the wisdom mind of our Guru and Yidam as one. The Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is an oral, sacred teaching of Manjushri to Lama Je Tsongkhapa; more than simply Guru Yoga, it contains the gradual path of enlightenment of a Buddha.”

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche practicing Chod in a cemetary, from the movie "Come Again." Chod practice helps us work with our "inner demons" and is a precious practice lineage.
Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche practicing Chod in a cemetery, from the movie “Come Again.” Chod practice helps us work with our “inner demons” and is a precious practice lineage.

Chöd initiation: a “powerful way to tame our internal demons”

December 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“The visceral imagery of offering your own chopped up body to all sentient beings is perhaps the most misunderstood of profound Buddhist practices,” we wrote in a feature on Chod>> 

“Teachings such as Chod are advanced and profoundly effective practices that help us “cut” our ego, tame our internal “demons” and develop genuine bodhichitta for all beings. But, the need for explanation and teacher guidance is critical.”

From the Gaden Choling event description: “The essence of Chöd practice is the chapter on the subjugation of demons in the Prajnaparamita Sutra. Chöd originated with Machig Labdron, a highly realized Dakini who promulgated the practice in Tibet during the 12th century. The Chöd practice dispels negative mental states, which are our “demons.” The Chöd practice transforms mental defilement into the wisdom of Bodhichitta and Shunyata.”

Vajrayogini is the Mother of All Buddhas as she embodies Blissful Wisdom.
Vajrayogini is the Mother of All Buddhas as she embodies Blissful Wisdom.

Vajrayogini Initiation: “the practice for our times”

Commitments: This is a highest yoga tantra, advanced practice, and initiation comes with a commitment, Bodhisattva and Tantric Vows, and the requirement of making a Tsog offering ceremony twice per month.

Prerequisites: Please only attend if you have previously received Yamantaka or Heruka initiation.

December 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Vajrayogini practice is the highest of the high tantric practices, yet it is concise, easy to visualize and a complete path — ideal as a “practice for our times”. She is considered the “Mother of the Buddhas” because Her essence is Blissful Wisdom. Her practice is the quintessence of the Chakrasamvara root tantra, and is considered the best short practice for times of stress and degeneration, where busy lives interfere with practice. Many great Mahasiddas from India and Tibet obtained Enlightening Wisdom from her practice.

From the Gaden Choling event description: “Venerable Vajrayogini is a very sacred practice that is the essence of all mother Tantras. Through the practice, it is possible to attain the state of Vajrayogini, a fully realized Buddha, within this life time. It is said that if you practise Vajrayogini a time when true spirituality is declining, then you will have greater opportunity to attain her realizations.”

Teachings: Unless you’ve already received the commentary on the 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini, you should attend the weekend commentary. An advanced yoga practice of this class requires commentary.

The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.
The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.

Weekend teaching on the precious 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini

December 3 and 4th @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Note: To attend you must have received Vajrayogini initiation, either on the previous night, or on a previous occasion.

The precious 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini are literally a complete path, a Highest Yoga Tantra practice taught by many of the greatest teachers past and present from Tibet.

Black Manjushri is known for healing practices involving aggressive health conditions such as cancer.
Black Manjushri is known for healing practices involving aggressive health conditions such as cancer.

Black Manjushri initiation

December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Black Manjushri practice has a reputation for successfully helping victims of the most dangerous diseases, including cancer, heart disease and AIDS” — from the Buddha Weekly story on Black Manjushri. For more information on Black Manjushri see this BW feature>>

From the Gaden Choling event description: “The Black Manjushri initiation and practice are helpful in healing cancer and protecting against curses and negative energies.”

Palden Lhamo is the great female Protectress of Tibet.
Palden Lhamo is the great female Protectress of Tibet.

Palden Lhamo Initiation: “the great Dharma Protector, emanation of Tara”

December 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Palden Lhamo is the protecting Dharmapala of he Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, a wrathful deity honoured all over Tibet and Mongolia, and a main protector of the Dalai and Panchen Lamas. She is deep blue in colour with red hair to symbolize her wrathful nature. To learn more about psychology and extraordinary power of ‘Wrathful’ deities, please see this BW feature>>

From the Gaden Choling event description: “Palden Lhamo, or Sri Kali Devi, is a Dharma Protector of all Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhists; she is an emanation of Tara.”

 

Fall/Winter round of teachings with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at Gaden Choling Mahayana Meditation Centre in Toronto.
Fall/Winter round of teachings with Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at Gaden Choling Mahayana Meditation Centre in Toronto.

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